pronest logo ProNest® LT (formerly known as TurboNest®) is a powerful CAD/CAM part nesting software designed for light industrial, mechanized cutting in production environments. It provides a single software solution for all your conventional plasma and oxyfuel cutting machines.

Software information


Ease of use

Incredibly easy to learn and use, with intuitive screens, and a wide variety of helpful features.

Built-in design tools

Import CAD files, artwork, and signs, or create your own designs using powerful built-in tools.

Better part quality

Hypertherm’s built-in expertise means the best possible cutting parameters are applied for each job’s unique needs, resulting in sharper corners, cleaner edges, and improved hole quality.

Supported applications

Cut process support

  • Plasma – conventional air/oxygen (ex. Powermax®, MAXPRO®)*
  • Oxyfuel

Standard features

Comprehensive machine support

  • All major brands/manufacturers/models

Advanced part design and development

  • Integrated 2D CAD program to create and edit CAD files
  • Variable Shape Parts library to develop common parts from templates

CAD/CAM import and conversion

  • Import CAD files (industry-standard file formats)
  • Import PDF
  • Raster to vector converts static images to CAD
  • Automatic CAD file correction and error notification
  • Automatic spline/ellipse smoothing and reduction
  • Separate multiple parts from a single CAD file
  • Automatic mapping of CAD layers to processes (cut, mark, etc.)

Fast, easy job setup

  • Material database (with grade and gauge)
  • Custom remnant creation (define irregular shapes for nesting)
  • Grain constraint
  • Safe zones for plate clamping applications
  • Multi-head cutting

SureCut™ technology and built-in process enterprise

  • Material type, thickness, grade and class-based process parameters:
    • Separations for part, plate, and pierce spacing
    • Kerf compensation and feedrate
    • Lead-in/out style optimized for part geometry and quality
    • Cutting techniques
    • Disable automatic height control based on part geometry
    • Pre-pierce and edge pierce
    • Pre-heat timing for oxyfuel
  • Cut sequencing (automatic or manual)
  • Pre-pierce and edge pierce

Interactive manual nesting

  • Group parts into clusters for nesting
  • Color parts according to part property
  • Drag, drop, bump, and auto-bump parts on the nest
  • Move, mirror, and drag to rotate parts
  • Click and drag to automatically array parts
  • Prohibit/permit nesting inside of a part
  • Part interference detection
  • Edit lead-in/out position and properties within the nest
  • Animated cutting sequence simulation
  • Control cut direction and cut sequencing on part-by-part basis
  • Plate cropping

Detailed reporting

  • Management and shop reports
  • Export reports directly to PDF, Excel spreadsheet, CSV, or webpage

Simplified costing

  • User-defined machine and labor production costing
  • Automatic calculation of part production costs and part/nest utilization

Choice of output

  • Post-processor with NC output
  • DXF output


Productivity modules

  • Automatic Nesting
  • Common Line Cutting
  • Chain and Bridge Cutting
  • Skeleton Cut-up

System requirements


Internet connectivity required for subscription license


1.3 GHz processor or faster  (3 GHz recommended)


4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)


VGA display with at least 256 colors and a resolution of 1024 x 768

Disk space

2 GB available disk space

Microsoft® Windows® operating system

Windows 10, Windows 8 or 8.1, or Windows 7 (SP1) (32-bit or 64-bit OS)

Spreadsheet program

Microsoft Excel® 2007 or later is recommended for editing ProNest settings spreadsheets.


Manuals and documents